While binoculars are great for close-up bird-watching, their performance deteriorates with distance. Thus to view distant objects, you’ll require an instrument more powerful than a pair of binoculars. In other words, you’ll require a spotting scope. With magnifications of between 15x and 60x, spotting scopes are the perfect optical instruments for viewing far-off objects. When shopping for the best spotting scope, there are several things you should look for. We'll take a look at these features, and provide some quick spotting scope reviews in a bit!
Binoculars give a great close-up while watching woodland creatures and are helpful in giving a glimpse at birds that are far away. When you have a spotting scope, however, you will be amazed at the difference it makes when viewing those distant birds. A spotting scope enables you to find more birds, and allows a user to distinguish field marks on distant shorebirds, waterfowls, and hawks, which are almost impossible to see when using binoculars.